Houston Ballet Fresco up their foyer for the Tales of Texas


Nicholas Phillips:

"For the fourth repertory program of Houston Ballet's 2003-2004 season, new Australian artistic director Stanton Welch was to create a new full evening work Tales of Texas. To coincide with, and to help promote, this ambitious project, Houston Ballet received a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts to work with Texas Folklife Resources to create a photographic display to enhance the theater experience for the production.

The challenge for me was having to light a temporary display, in a six floor grand foyer space, while meeting several requirements. The exhibition comprised of both black and white and color photographs on a temporary wall measuring some twenty feet long, ten feet high, and three feet in width. The display needed to be able to be erected and dismantled effectively as the venue hosted several events that would not permit the structure to remain in view.

To solve this while providing a proper, even, controlled light, I turned to Selecon's architectural range of luminaries, Ardiis. The Aureol line, with its Fresco Flood and Beam Spot fixtures fit the bill precisely with small form factors, sleek design, 120 volt mains voltage, and simply beautiful light quality that really made the display "pop". The fixtures had enough output to easily cope with the ever-changing ambient conditions of the foyer. With both matinee and evening performances, viewing opportunities ranged from midday sun to full night, having great affect on the ambient conditions of the space. Regardless of these conditions, what I was able to achieve with the Ardiis fixtures left little variation in the illumination of the exhibition. Five Fresco Floods were employed per side of the wall. The consistent edge allowed for a precisely aligned focus, while an amazingly even field meant that no one photograph received more attention than another.

The results were plain to see: I had a beautifully lit exhibition and the public took notice stopping to take in much of the photography".